Journal of Institutional Economics

Notes for Contributors

Alll articles must be in English. They may be submitted by electronic means only, in a single file. MSWord, WordPerfect and pdf files are acceptable, up to a maximum size of 500kb.

There must be no indication of the personal identity or institution of any author of the article within the article itself, or in the ‘properties’ of the electronic file. Normally, articles (including footnotes and references) must be no longer than 9,000 words. In special cases, such as an extended review or survey article, this limit may be extended to 12,000 words. A declaration of the total word count (including footnotes and references) must accompany or be within the article.

Papers with some formal content will be considered if it is fully explained for a general readership, the mathematics is consigned as much as possible to appendices, the assumptions have sufficient grounding in reality, and the paper enhances our understanding of past, present, or feasible socio-economic institutions. JOIE is not interested in the advancement of formal or econometric technique for their own sake.

The front page of the electronic file of the article should include the following information: the title; an abstract of the article of up to 150 words; the Journal of Economic Literature classification codes for the article (consisting of a single letter followed by two numeric digits, and up to six key words or short phrases.

Footnotes should be kept to a minimum and the Harvard referencing system should be used.

Submissions should be accompanied, in the email text or in a separate file, with the following details: the name(s) of the author(s); the email address of the corresponding author; and the institutional affiliation(s) of the author(s).

Submission of a paper will be held to imply that it contains original unpublished work and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere.

The JOIE Editors will preliminarily assess all papers. A paper will be rejected at this first stage if it does not comply with the above guidelines, is evidently of insufficient academic quality or interest, or lies outside the scope of the journal. If a paper passes this preliminarily assessment, then it will be sent out to referees. The five Editors will make the final decision, taking account of the referee’s reports.

If the article is accepted, the author will be ask to comply with the format and house style of JOIE, as exhibited in issues of the journal.